Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has berated the actions of the state security service over the desecration of the nations the courtroom when it attempted to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement inside an Abuja Federal High Court.
The governor, a senior advocate of Nigeria who was unhappy at the recent activities of the country’s secret police urged legal practitioners to condemn the actions of security agencies especially when they are getting powerful.
Akeredolu who made the call at the opening of the 65th-anniversary conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ibadan branch revealed that Nigerian judges were at risk of being arrested in wig and gown during court session if the bar continued to adopt a passive and inactive posture on the issue.
“We must be terror against demagogues. It is when your voice of the bar is heard consistently that it will earn respect.“Will people go and desecrate our courtrooms and we keep quiet? The bar must condemn it. There is no explanation anybody can give you.“Somebody calls it drama. Drama! How? What we saw was not drama, you must stand up to condemn the SSS for what they did in Abuja.
Speaking further the governor predicted that a time will come where the Nigerian judiciary will not be free to deliver the right verdict inside the court.
“Our spirit must remain indomitable. Forget about where we are today because a lot of us made efforts to say what you have done is wrong and the only way out was to apologize almost immediately, but what people believe is different. You must write to justify what is not justifiable. “If we are not careful, the day will come that people will walk into a judge’s sitting and arrest people with their wig and gown.
“I am not saying our judges are timid, but in the face of the gun, most of our judges will shake.”